Other Columns

  • Sonal Kalra
    Dec 14, 2013 18:49 IST

    A Calmer You: how about turning NOYB-sexual?

    Not hetero, not homo, let’s all become none-of-your-business sexual

  • Sonal Kalra
    Nov 30, 2013 17:03 IST

    A Calmer You: an idiot on vacation, are you?

    Sonal Kalra has vowed to travel only to places where there are no tourist spots, nothing to photograph and no general unrest about bowel moments. Read latest from her column.

  • Nov 22, 2013 18:03 IST

    Last Orders: Tour de toilet

    It’s not every day that journalists’ jobs require them to visit toilets at pubs and restaurants around the city. Recently (on November 19...

  • Arvind Kejriwal
    Nov 24, 2013 23:57 ISTmetro matters

    Manifestos: Of repeat promises and peddling the undeliverable

    Taking a break from the shrill campaign and political name-calling, two of the three key political parties in Delhi - the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party - released their poll manifestos last week.

  • G20 world leaders
    Nov 15, 2013 13:41 IST

    Last orders: (Table) sharing is caring

    In the mid-1800s, when the British set up Indian Railways, they made some communities rather unhappy. These people were appalled by the absence of separate bogies for their caste. Imagine the possibility of sharing tables then?

  • PSLV-C25
    Nov 10, 2013 02:01 ISTshe baba

    The right to measure that methane

    From the ‘chintan-manthan’ on Mangalyaan emerged this gem that our rocket cost less than an apartment in uptown Manhattan. Well done, India, sending out an inter-planetary spacecraft with more dash than cash. Mangalyaan, whose further success we most earnestly want, is an exciting outcome delivered despite the usual challenges.

  • A bus with black films on windowpanes. Number
    Nov 11, 2013 00:56 ISTConsumer Focus

    Do your homework for a safe journey

    The next time you buy a ticket to travel long distance by bus or take a package tour that involves journey by an air-conditioned luxury bus, get answers to these questions.

  • A child stands
    Nov 11, 2013 22:07 IST

    CCP's Third Party Plenum important for economic reforms

    Two hundred and five members of the Chinese Communist Party's Central Committee, who were elected at the 18th Congress of the CCP in November 2012, convened in Beijing for the 18th CC's three-day Third Plenary session beginning November 9. Jayadeva Ranade writes.

  • Sonal Kalra
    Nov 09, 2013 17:09 IST

    A Calmer You: when no one wants to be friends with you

    Be popular and strong, but don’t forget that the tables always turn someday.

  • Lamps
    Nov 03, 2013 01:08 ISTconsumer focus

    Shopped for candles this Diwali? Take precautions

    Earthen diyas earlier symbolised Diwali. But nowadays, decorative candles of a variety of hues and shapes have replaced the traditional lamp. Their increasing popularity should, however, not blind us to the fire hazard posed by them.

  • Cycle rickshaws
    Nov 06, 2013 00:49 ISTpollutermustpay

    Who bears the cost of airline emissions?

    The tenement blocks collapsed like sandcastles. Landmarks were swallowed up like Lego bricks. But most devastating of all was the massive loss of life — families torn apart by a disaster of frightening proportions. Mary Robinson writes.

  • A worker climbs on a pile of rice stock
    Nov 06, 2013 00:52 IST

    Eatery taxes can fund the food security bill

    Food always becomes an important issue before each general election. This time around food has VVIP status, thanks to the passage of the food security Bill (FSB). Nishtha Gautam writes.

  • Muslims
    Nov 06, 2013 00:57 IST

    Left’s anti-communal convention: An exercise in irrelevance

    The ‘People’s Unity Against Communalism’ convention held recently in New Delhi appears to have been an exercise in irrelevance. It was not a launching pad for a new political and electoral alliance as admitted by the convention’s organisers. Ajoy Bose writes.

  • Allahabad
    Nov 07, 2013 01:00 IST

    Hounding bureaucrats will lead to policy paralysis

    Even decisions arrived at after due deliberation, taking all factors into account, observing extant rules, and in good faith, which may seem excellent at that point of time, can turn out be unwise at a later date. RC Acharya writes.

  • Frog
    Nov 07, 2013 01:05 IST

    The hypocrisy of misplaced activism

    Bans are the bane of any free society; hypocrisy, the biggest deterrent to social reform. We have a large share of bans, and a fairly large share of hypocrisy too. When it comes to cruelty against animals, the list of bans is ever lengthening. Arefa Tehsin and Raza H Tehsin write.